Isaac Ben-Israel was born in Israel (Tel-Aviv), 1949. He studied Mathematics, Physics and Philosophy at Tel-Aviv University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1988. He joined the Israel Air Force (IAF) after graduating high school (1967) and has served continuously up to his retirement (2002). During his service, Isaac Ben-Israel has held several posts in operations, intelligence and weapon development units of the IAF. He headed the IAF Operations Research Branch, Analysis and Assessment Division of IAF Intelligence, and was the Head of Military R&D in Israel Defence Forces and Ministry of Defence (1991-1997). In January 1998 he was promoted to Major General and appointed as Director of Defence R&D Directorate in IMOD. During his service he received twice the Israeli Defence Award.
After retirement from the IDF Isaac Ben Israel joined the University of Tel-Aviv as a professor and was the head of Curiel Centre for International Studies (2002-2004), the head of the Program for Security Studies (2004-2007), Executive Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Technological Analysis & Forecasting at Tel-Aviv University (ICTAF) (2010-2013), Deputy Director of the Hartog School of Government and Policy in Tel-Aviv University (2005-2015) and a member of Jaffe Centre for Strategic Studies (2002-2004). In 2002 he founded and headed the Yuval Ne’eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Ariel University Centre (2009-2011), and a member of the advisory council of Neaman Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology at the Technion (2000-2010). In 2002 he founded RAY-TOP (Technology Opportunities) Ltd, consulting governments and industries in technological and strategic issues.
Professor Ben-Israel was a member of the 17th Knesset (Israeli Parliament) between June 2007 and February 2009. During this period he was a member of the Security and Foreign Affairs Committee, the Finance Committee, the Science & Technology committee, the Chairman of the Homeland Security Sub Committee and the Chairman of the Israeli–Indian Parliamentary Friendship Association.
In 2011 he was appointed by the Prime Minister to lead a task force that formulated Israel national cyber policy. Following that he founded the National Cyber Headquarters in the PM Office. In 2014 he was appointed again by the PM to lead another task force which resulted in a government decision (February 2015) to set up a new National Cyber Authority. Isaac Ben Israel was a member of the board of directors of IAI (2000-2002), the board of the Israel Corp. (2004-2007) and the R&D advisory board of TEVA (2003-2007) and Chairman of the Technion Entrepreneurial Incubator (2007). He was the Chairman of Israel National R&D council between 2010-2016.
Professor Ben-Israel has written numerous papers on military and security issues. His book Dialogues on Science and Military Intelligence (1989) won the Itzhak-Sade Award for Military Literature. His book on The Philosophy of Military Intelligence had been published by the Broadcast University (1999) and has been translated into French (2004). His book Science, Technology and Security: From Soldiers in Combat up to Outer Space, was published in 2006. His book on Israel Defence Doctrine was published in 2013.
Isaac is married to Inbal (née Marcus) and they have three sons: Yuval (1981), Roy (1984) and Alon (1988).
Jack leads Sandbox, developing quantum-inspired physics- and A.I.-based tools and applications that run on today’s classical computing platforms. Sandbox focuses on enterprise SaaS solutions at the intersection of machine learning and physics.
Jack is the author of Quantum Computing: An Applied Approach, published by Springer. This work, now in its Second Edition, is one of the leading textbooks in the field and is used both in PhD programs and corporate training sessions.
Jack is a serial entrepreneur and founder of several tech companies, including EarthWeb/Dice (NYSE: DHX), which he led through a record breaking IPO. He also co-founded Vista Research which he then sold to Standard and Poors/McGraw-Hill.
Jack is a trustee of the X Prize Foundation and has been a board member of Trickle Up, which helps thousands of entrepreneurs start small businesses each year. His foundation, The Hidary Foundation, is dedicated to medical oncology research and has supported work at Sloan Kettering and UCSF.
Jack has been recognized for his leadership by organizations such as the World Economic Forum, HealthCorps and Young Presidents’ Organization. Jack studied neuroscience at Columbia and subsequently received the Stanley Fellowship in Clinical Neuroscience at NIH where he worked on functional brain imaging and neural networks.
Professor, School of Electrical Engineering, Tel Aviv University and Head, TAD
Meir Feder is a Chaired Professor, holder of the Information Theory Chair, at the School of Electrical Engineering, Tel-Aviv University. He is also the head of the newly established Tel-Aviv university center for Artificial intelligence and Data science (TAD). In addition, he is a Visiting Professorship appointment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research interests are in information theory, signal processing communication and learning. Parallel to his academic career, he is closely involved with the high-tech industry. He founded 5 companies, among them Peach Networks (Acq: MSFT) and Amimon (Acq:LON.VTC). Recently, with his renewed interest in machine learning and AI, he co-founded Run:ai, a virtualization, orchestration, and acceleration platform for AI infrastructure. Prof. Feder is an IEEE Life fellow. He received several academic and professional awards including the IEEE Information Theory Society best paper award for his work on universal prediction, the “creative thinking” award of the Israeli Defense Forces, and the Research Prize of the Israeli Electronic Industry, awarded by the President of Israel. For the development of Amimon’s chip-set, that uses a unique MIMO implementation of joint source-channel coding for wireless video transmission he is a co-reciepient of the 2020 Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is also the principal inventor of the technology behind the product Teradek Bolt 4K that attained the 73rd Engineering Emmy Award of the Television Academy.
Holding a BSc in Computer Science and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sana Khareghani has over 20 years’ experience in technology and business across the private and public sectors. She has worked as a software engineer in big corporates and start-ups, as a management consultant advising senior officials throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East, and in HMG, currently and over the past year as Head of the Office for AI – a joint unit between Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The Office for AI is putting in place the foundations around: Skills, Access to Data, International and Leadership by the UK AI Council, to underpin the adoption of AI & Data technologies across the economy for the betterment of society. Sana is also on the Advisory Board of Tortoise Media Global AI Index and Bristol Interactive AI Centre for Doctoral Training.
Ilya Sutskever is Co-founder and Chief Scientist of OpenAI, which aims to build artificial general intelligence that benefits all of humanity. He leads research at OpenAI and is one of the architects behind the GPT models.
Prior to OpenAI, Ilya was co-inventor of AlexNet and Sequence to Sequence Learning. He earned his B.Sc, M.Sc, and Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Toronto.
Prof. Lior Wolf
Professor, School of Computer Science, Tel Aviv University
Yoav is the research director of AI2 Israel, and also an associate professor of computer science at Bar Ilan University. His research interests include language understanding technologies with real world applications, combining symbolic and neural representations, uncovering latent information in text, syntactic and semantic processing, and interpretability and foundational understanding of deep learning models for text and sequences. He authored a textbook on deep learning techniques for natural language processing, and was among the IEEE's AI Top 10 to Watch in 2018, and a recipient of the Krill Prize in Science in 2017. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Ben Gurion University, and spent time in Google Research as a post-doc.
Secretary of State for Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence of Spain
Carme Artigas is a recognized expert in Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Technology Innovation, with more than 25 years of experience in the technology sector. She co-founded and was the CEO of Synergic Partners, a pioneer European Big Data company, which was acquired by Telefonica group in November 2015. She continued serving as CEO until the company’s full integration into the Telefonica Group at the end of 2018. Since 2019 until her appointment as Secretary of State in January 2020, she was member of several international advisory boards. She was appointed by the University of Stanford (California) as Ambassador “Women in Data Science (WIDS)” in 2019, and recognized by the American business magazine ”Insight Success” in 2016 as one of the 30 most influential executives with an international projection. Secretary Artigas is among the top women in the world in data business and she has come to the public sector to make Spain a leading country in digital transition and technology transformation.
James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Guillermo Sapiro received his B.Sc. (summa cum laude), M.Sc., and Ph.D. from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. After post-doctoral research at MIT, Dr. Sapiro became a Member of Technical Staff at HP Labs. He was with the University of Minnesota, and currently he is a James B. Duke School Professor with Duke University. He is also with Apple, Inc., where he leads a team on Health AI. He works on theory and applications in computer vision, computer graphics, medical imaging, image analysis, and machine learning. He has authored over 450 papers in these areas and has written a book published by CUP. G. Sapiro was awarded the ONR Young Investigator Award in 1998, the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientist and Engineers (PECASE) in 1998, the NSF Career Award in 1999, and the National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship in 2010. He received the Test-of-Time award at ICCV 2011 and at ICML 2019. He was elected to the American academy of Arts and Sciences in 2018, and is a Fellow of IEEE and SIAM G. Sapiro was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences.
Samy and Ruth Cohn Professor of Computer Science at the Weizmann Institute of Science
Shimon Ullman is the Samy and Ruth Cohn Professor of Computer Science at the Weizmann Institute of Science, and the head of the Weizmann Institute AI Center. Prior to this position, he was a Professor at the Brain and Cognitive Science and the AI Laboratory at MIT. His areas of research combine computer and human vision, human cognition, and brain modeling. He obtained his B.Sc. in Mathematics, Physics and Biology, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a recipient of the 2008 David. E. Rumelhart Prize in human cognition, the 2014 Emet Prize for Art, Science and Culture, the 2015 Israel Prize in Computer Science, and the 2019 IEEE Azriel Rosenfeld Award for lifetime achievement in computer vision. He is a member of the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Brigadier General Aviad Dagan
Director of The Digital Transformation Administration, Israel Defense Forces
Brigadier General Aviad Dagan, 49 years old, married and a father of four. In his most recent position, he served as a base commander for Hatzerim Air Force Base, Commander of the Northern Command Fire Center, and Head of the Air Force Participation Department. Brigadier General Aviad Dagan holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and law from Bar-Ilan University, a master's degree in law from Bar-Ilan University and another master's degree in national security from the University of National Security in Washington.
Prof. Rada Mihalcea
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan & Director, Michigan Artificial Intelligence Lab
Rada Mihalcea is the Janice M. Jenkins Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan and the Director of the Michigan Artificial Intelligence Lab. Her research interests are in computational linguistics, with a focus on lexical semantics, multilingual natural language processing, and computational social sciences. She serves or has served on the editorial boards of the Journals of Computational Linguistics, Language Resources and Evaluations, Natural Language Engineering, Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, and Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics. She was a program co-chair for EMNLP 2009 and ACL 2011, and a general chair for NAACL 2015 and *SEM 2019. She currently serves as ACL President. She is the recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers awarded by President Obama (2009), an ACM Fellow (2019) and a AAAI Fellow (2021). In 2013, she was made an honorary citizen of her hometown of Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
Dr. Yaniv Erlich is the CEO of Eleven Therapeutics and the CSO of MyHeritage.com. Prior to these positions he was an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Computational Biology at Columbia University and a Principal Investigator at the Whitehead Institute, MIT. Dr. Erlich received his bachelor’s degree from Tel-Aviv University, Israel (2006) and a PhD from the Watson School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (2010). Dr. Erlich’s research interest is computational human genetics. Dr. Erlich is a TEDMED speaker (2018), the recipient of DARPA’s Young Faculty Award (2017), the Burroughs Welcome Career Award (2013), Harold M. Weintraub award (2010), the IEEE/ACM-CS HPC award (2008), and he was selected as one of 2010 Tomorrow’s PIs team of Genome Technology.
Dr. Amitai Armon is the Chief Data Scientist of Intel’s internal AI group, a global group of over 200 experts that uses AI to upgrade and transform Intel’s critical operations. The group develops and deploys AI solutions across the company, from processor architecture and design, through manufacturing to sales. This yields both a 9-digit value for Intel and better products for its customers. Prior to joining Intel in 2013, Amitai was the co-Founder and Director of Research at TaKaDu, a data-science company that received multiple international awards, including the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers award (Davos Summit). He previously was a visiting research scholar at the Los-Alamos National Lab (USA). Amitai has over 20 years of experience in performing and leading data-science work, including service as a team-leader in an elite technology unit. He holds a PhD in computer-science from Tel Aviv University, where he previously completed his BSc with honors at the age of 18.
Adi is a research scientist with PayPal's long-term ML research team, currently studying how causal ML methods can be applied to the company's data science challenges. Previously, Adi developed deep learning models for fraud detection that were integrated into the core of PayPal’s risk mitigation systems, and built eXplainable AI methodologies to debug those models. Adi holds BSc and MSc degrees in computer science. She shares her passion for community by co-leading PayPal's TLV DS community, co-managing Israel's XAI community, and mentoring as part of Baot's job-finding program.